By Dr. Brian McDonough
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Problems caused by heavy drinking may linger well after the hangover has come and gone.READ MORE: Some Philadelphia Residents Facing Fines For Piled Up Curbside Trash As Pickups Delayed
Binge drinking is a major problem on college campuses and certainly the short term effects can be devastating. But there can be serious long term effects, according to a new study.READ MORE: Sixers Force Game 7 With Gritty Road Win Over Hawks
Research suggests that frequent binge drinking alters circulation in the same way that heart disease risk factors like high blood pressure and high cholesterol do. It can lead to heart disease later down the road. Binge drinking alters the cells that control blood flow.MORE NEWS: Police Searching For Dirt Bike-Riding Suspect In West Philadelphia Deadly Shooting
That can be a precursor for blood vessel damage and hardening of the arteries, increasing risk for heart attack and stroke.